Frane Matošić (25 November 1918 – 29 October 2007) was Croatian football player and coach. Events 1034 - Máel Coluim mac Cináeda, King of Scots dies Donnchad, the Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 437 - Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor, marries Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of his cousin Theodosius II Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Croatia (Hrvatska ˈxȓvatska officially the Republic of Croatia ( Republika Hrvatska) is a southern Central European country at the crossroads between Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Born in Split, he played on the position of the striker. Split (Spalatum Ancient Greek: Aspálathos, Ασπάλαθος Spalato is the largest and most important Dalmatian city the second-largest Strikers, also known as forwards and attackers, are the players on a team in Association football (soccer in the row nearest to the opposing
He was the best goalscorer of HNK Hajduk Split of all times and its biggest football player legend.
Matošić started to play football with HNK Hajduk from Split. HNK Hajduk Split is a Croatian football club one of two most popular football clubs in the country Split (Spalatum Ancient Greek: Aspálathos, Ασπάλαθος Spalato is the largest and most important Dalmatian city the second-largest He played 16 seasons for Hajduk.
In his very first game for Hajduk in 1935 against Slavija from Sarajevo, Matošić scored a hat-trick.
While serving the obligatory military service in the season 1939, he played for the BSK from Belgrade.
Next season, season 1939/40, he returned to Hajduk.
After Hajduk's management suspending the work of Hajduk in 1941, he went abroad to play for Bologna F.C. 1909, played in season of 1942/43. Bologna Football Club 1909 is an Italian football club based in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna.
When the information about restoring of Hajduk's work came to Frane Matošić, he returned to Croatia and smuggled himself on the free territory.
There he joined Hajduk, that restarted its work on the free, Allied controlled part of Croatia, on the island of Vis.
Since then, Matošić was playing the games for Hajduk (that was playing friendly games against Allied teams on the Mediterranean).
Altogether, Matošić played 739 games for Hajduk and scored impressive 729 goals.
Matošić was a long time Yugoslav national team player. The Yugoslavia national football team refers to the national football team that represented the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1920-1941 and the Socialist Federal Republic He played 16 games and scored 6 goals for Yugoslavia. His last game was in 1953, and in that game he also scored a goal.
After the ending of career as player, he turned to coaching career, with success.
He was the coach of his Hajduk (few years after his brother Jozo was coaching it) in the seasons 1955/56 and 1956/57.
In 1957, he was the coach of Yugoslav national football team.
He was also the coach of Tunisian football team and the coach of Split's second football squad, RNK Split. The Tunisia national football team (منتخب تونس لكرة القدم nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage, is the national team of Tunisia RNK Split ( Radnički nogometni klub "Split") is a Croatian football club based in the city of Split.
Frane Matošić was a younger brother of Jozo Matošić, also the great Hajduk's and Croatian soccer player legend.
He twice refused Tito's offer of transferring of Hajduk to Belgrade and renaming it into "Partizan"
Frane Matošić died in Split on the anniversary of Hajduk's historical victory over Crvena zvezda from Belgrade in 1950. Split (Spalatum Ancient Greek: Aspálathos, Ασπάλαθος Spalato is the largest and most important Dalmatian city the second-largest
All his trophies were won with Hajduk.
He won the silver medal on the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an International Multi-sport event which was held in London